Robert John Odenkirk (born October 22, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as smooth-talking lawyer on the Saul Goodman/Jimmy McGill crime drama series AMC and its spin-off Breaking Bad , and for the Better Call Saul HBO series sketch comedy , which he co-created and starred in with fellow comic and friend Mr. Show with Bob and David . David Cross 
From the late 1980s to 1990s, Odenkirk worked as a writer for television shows
and Saturday Night Live , winning two Emmys for his work. He also wrote for The Ben Stiller Show , Late Night with Conan O'Brien , and acted in a recurring role as Agent Stevie Grant in Get a Life . In the early 2000s, Odenkirk discovered the comedy duo The Larry Sanders Show and produced their television series Tim & Eric and Tom Goes to the Mayor He directed three films, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2003), Melvin Goes to Dinner (2006), and Let's Go to Prison (2007). He was also an executive producer of the sketch comedy show The Brothers Solomon , developing the show with the comedy group after seeing their work at the The Birthday Boys in Los Angeles. In 2015, he and Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre reunited, along with the rest of the David Cross Mr. Show cast, for on Netflix. Odenkirk co-wrote, produced and starred in the W/ Bob & David original film Netflix which was released in 2017. Girlfriend's Day
The success of
Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul led to acting work in high-profile projects, such as , directed by Nebraska , Alexander Payne , written by Fargo , Noah Hawley , directed by The Post , and Disney/Pixar's Steven Spielberg , written and directed by Incredibles 2 . Brad Bird
Odenkirk was born in
, then raised in Berwyn, Illinois . He is one of seven siblings born to Walter Odenkirk, who was employed in the printing business, and Barbara Odenkirk, Naperville Roman Catholics of Irish, German, and Dutch descent.    His parents divorced in part due to Walter's  , which influenced Bob's decision to alcoholism as much as possible. He would later say that he grew up "hating" Naperville because "it felt like a dead end, like Nowheresville. I couldn't wait to move into a city and be around people who were doing exciting things." avoid alcohol Walter Odenkirk died of bone cancer in 1995.  
and Naperville North High School in Marquette University , then transferred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Southern Illinois University , "honing his sketch-writing and performance skills with live shows on both colleges' radio stations." Carbondale, Illinois He began his foray into comedy writing as a radio  for WIDB, the local DJ at college station . At WIDB he created a late-night (midnight to 4 am) radio comedy show called The Prime Time Special. He worked beside such other fledgling stars like Greg Weindorf and Matt Helser. After three years of college, Odenkirk decided to try writing and improv in Chicago. First studying with SIU , Odenkirk attended " Del Close of the Second City" where he met The Players Workshop , and they began a collaboration that would last for years and take Odenkirk to Robert Smigel Saturday Night Live. He also performed at the  alongside notable comedians Improv Olympic and Chris Farley .
Odenkirk said his strongest comedic influence was
, primarily due to its combination of cerebral and simple humor. Monty Python's Flying Circus Other influences included radio personality  , Steve Dahl , SCTV 's Steve Martin , Let's Get Small , Woody Allen , and The Credibility Gap . Bob and Ray He visited Chicago's  at the age of fourteen. His younger brother is comedy writer Second City Theater .